Asia Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 India - Bangalore, Mysore & Agra
  2. 2 5 weeks in Japan
  3. 3 Planning for a trip to Northwest Vietnam
  4. 4 Trip Report Kathie and Cheryl are off on another SE Asian adventure
  5. 5 Trip Report Annual Fall Asia Trip
  6. 6 Requesting Passport Number
  7. 7 Air India Versus Jet airways. Which is best for India
  8. 8 Kompong Kleang or Kompong Phluk?
  9. 9 Eating in India
  10. 10 First time – Solo - Japan 2016
  11. 11 Trip Report Holiday in Cambodia - plus Myanmar for a wedding.
  12. 12 Phu Quoc
  13. 13 looking for Vietnam based TA to help plan trip
  14. 14 China and Japan help
  15. 15 Advantage of using Smithsonian Tours
  16. 16 Help! India Visa question....
  17. 17 Singapore hotel
  18. 18 Splitting time between Hoi An and Hue
  19. 19 Indonesia in February/rainy season
  20. 20 Still contemplating SEA this winter and have questions
  21. 21 Thank You Fabulous Fodorites, and some Upcoming Trip Questions
  22. 22 Trip Report Northern Burma on the RV Pandaw II
  23. 23 Trip Report TRIP REPORT: Just returned from first visit to Japan!
  24. 24 Solo female first-timer: Thailand
  25. 25 Shanghai Pollution in January 2016
View next 25 » Back to the top

Books to read about Japan

Jump to last reply

We are going to spend the summer in the Kansai area. SInce I have only twice visited Japan for the briefest of stays in predictable places -- Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka (with daytrips to Kobe and Nara) -- I would like to read as much as possible before we go. In English.

Research on old threads has got me started. Thanks to tahl for recommending LEARNING TO BOW and to Don for suggesting UNTANGLING MY CHOPSTICKS. Both were fun to read and instructive.

Moving along, I am wondering whether to follow the James Clavell road deep into SHOGUN (etc.) territory or whether to read a variety of shorter books. Also, do folks still recommend Booth's ROADS TO SATA, or only read in tandem with Ferguson's HITCHING RIDES WITH BUDDHA?

There is only so much reading time between now and June. Thanks for helping me cull the list. I am interested in memoirs, fiction, non-fiction...anything that those of you who are knowledgeable about Japan have loved or can vouch for.

43 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.